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) #90 of 198 Restaurants in Iowa City €€ - €€€ Japanese, Sushi, Asian
219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915
+1 319-351-5125
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good40%
  • Average22%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“bento box” (8 reviews)
“sushi rolls” (5 reviews)
“same owner” (2 reviews)
Closes in 1 min
11:00 - 14:00All hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
€€ - €€€
219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The service was very slow. Food was overpriced. Teppanayki were in need of repairs but could still order just no cooking in front of you. Two of our party asked for steak medium rare but came out well done. After a 25 minute wait for...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had an tasty lunch outside. The waitress, Hannah, was superb, timely and pleasant. We each had a Bento box, one Salmon for $11 and one Japanese Seafood for $12. It is very filling and fresh. I do miss the ginger dressing on the salad, but...More

Thank GailCheryl
Reviewed 31 March 2017

We appreciate Takanami for the location as well as its fine Japanese dishes. It has become a favorite for us in part because our granddaughter (A U of I student) spent last summer working in Japan. She knows what Japanese is about. and she wanted...More

Thank radiosteveIA
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Fantastic atmosphere. I attended a birthday party for a work colleague at Takanami. The food was fantastic, the sake was wicked and the service was outstanding. A continuous array of different dishes were being brought out every 15 minutes or so. Highly recommend!

Thank Lisa J
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We have always had good service and food, I just can't say the best. I still favor Tokyo in Waterloo

Thank rphagarty
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Courteous service; superb, high quality sushi / sashimi and exquisite tasting and looking rolls. Seasonal al fresco dining atmosphere just fair. due to sometimes busy ped and auto traffic. Sister restaurant (Formosa; same owner) is two block away in Ped Mall and equally good..

Thank Lee L
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Pretty good sushi. Nice variety on the chef's choice 10-piece nigiri. Tasty ponzu sauce. Server was friendly. Loved the large mug of hot green tea. A nice change from the typical tiny mugs at most restaurants. Overall, a tad pricey, but not a deal-killer.

Thank TomL911
Reviewed 28 April 2016

I've been dining at Takanami for about 6 years and while it used to be awesome as a sushi-infusion restaurant, it seems to have gone to average over the past year. I used to come here at least once a month for business and the...More

Thank alwazlayt
Reviewed 13 January 2016

I used to really enjoy Takanami for their quality sushi. On my recent visits, however, I found the sushi to be sloppily and carelessly made. There was way too much sauce slathered all over my rolls which made them look unappealing. The abundance of sauce...More

Thank YourTravelPath
Reviewed 28 December 2015

My family and I LOVE to eat at Takanami restaurant! We try to request a window seat because watching people walk up and down the Iowa City street proves very entertaining and interesting. The service is wonderful - everyone is friendly and helpful in regard...More

Thank Lisa M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3915
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-351-5125
  • E-mail
Takanami is located in the heart of Iowa City's downtown pedestrian mall blocks away from the historic University of Iowa campus. Takanami specializes in sushi, Asian Fusian and Teppanyaki.
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